Museum lighting for outside: transform your outdoor space into a cultural experience

Inspiring museum experiences are not only shaped by exhibits displayed in exhibition rooms: the outdoor space as well as the architecture itself also determine visitors' lasting impressions. In outdoor spaces, too, the objective is to present art in ideal light – whether this be an atmospherically illuminated sculpture garden or a tantalisingly accentuated statue on the forecourt. Especially in times of social distancing, museum curators are faced with the challenge of integrating outdoor facilities into their exhibition concepts and using these for additional income. Discover new options for creating impressive outdoor museum experiences with light from ERCO.

3 reasons why you should think about outdoor lighting now:

Museums: Light in the outdoor area

Become visible
Outdoor art objects or impressive architecture only create a magical presence with the onset of darkness. In gardens or on forecourts and paths, curators and exhibition designers set visual highlights by accentuating sculptures. Not infrequently, the architecture itself is also a reason for visiting. At night, facade lighting creates a prestigious atmosphere and emphasises the dimensions of the building, whilst light accents mystically highlight architectural features such as columns. This is how you are able to present and display museums as appealing cultural brands.

Museums: Light in the outdoor area

Roll out the red carpet
And with light: a holistic cultural experience for visitors should commence even before they enter the building. From the car park and sculpture garden to the foyer: suitably illuminated paths and routes can introduce visitors to an exhibition concept and put them in the desired mood. Use light in a targeted way to attractively welcome and guide your visitors. With the right lighting, for example bollard luminaires, you also increase your visitors' sense of security.

Museums: Light in the outdoor area

Become a host for outdoor events
If no exhibitions are possible indoors or only a limited number of visitors are admitted, curators have the chance to move their creativity outside. And not only to organize your own events, such as a private view outdoors – an impressively illuminated sculpture garden can also be rented for corporate events and weddings. Discover ERCO outdoor luminaires, also for scenographic lighting concepts in colour, characterised by perfect quality of light and the high visual comfort of museum spotlights.

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This is how we support you with your project

For illuminating art in outdoor spaces we offer you wide-ranging advice on the selection and planning of suitable lighting tools, product quality for outdoor spaces corresponding to the high level of museum spotlights and extensive support – even beyond project implementation and in the event of short-term adjustments before an opening. You benefit from:

  • 5-year manufacturer warranty
  • Cost reductions thanks to energy-efficient LEDs and low-maintenance luminaires
  • A wide range of products for small sculptures and large facades
  • RGBW luminaires for scenographic lighting concepts
  • IP65 protection rating: dustproof and waterproof
  • Efficient Dark Sky technology
  • Intuitive control options
  • Special solutions with "ERCO individual"

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Where can I buy ERCO luminaires?

ERCO manufactures luminaires to order. In this way you always receive luminaires with state of the art technology. Our lighting consultants will clarify all details with you concerning the ordering process. You can find your regional contact partner at: Contact

Where can I find planning data and tender texts?

Individual planning data and tender texts for each luminaire can be found as a downloadable file with the article and in the data sheet of the specific luminaire.

How long is the delivery time?

Many ERCO standard products are ready for shipping within 48 hours. Depending on the scope of the project, the quantity and the geographical location of the recipient, the delivery times with shipping are usually only up to two weeks. Delivery times may vary in individual cases, but we will endeavour to meet your desired delivery date. For further information on our delivery times, please get in touch with your regional contact at: Contact

How long do ERCO luminaires last?

Thanks to high product quality and excellent luminous flux maintenance, ERCO luminaires provide a high level of investment security. There is an indicator that also reflects the quality of luminaires in figures: the L90/B10 value. It specifies the assured behaviour of a luminaire in the first 50,000 hours of its service life. At 9 hours of daily operation over 15 years, this means excellent photometric properties. The luminaire is fully functional even after this time. Please note that you may then have to consider the brightness level of the luminaires separately in your lighting calculations.

How long is the ERCO warranty?

ERCO offers a 5-year voluntary manufacturer's warranty on its products. The currently valid warranty conditions are available on request via the e-mail address: guarantee(at)erco.com

Where can I get sample luminaires?

We are happy to support you in implementing your lighting concept with sample luminaires. In such cases please contact your regional lighting consultant at: Contact

Where can I find prices for the luminaires?

Do you need an offer for a specific planning task? We would be pleased to prepare an individual project-related offer for you. This, as well as a current gross price list, can be obtained from your regional contact: Contact

Are ERCO projectors dimmable?

Yes, ERCO projectors are dimmable. Select projectors, floodlights and wallwashers in DALI dimmable and phase dimmable versions.

What protection rating do the luminaires have?

ERCO projectors, floodlights and wallwashers have an IP65 protection rating, which means they are dustproof and protected against jets of water from all directions.

Are ERCO projectors weather-resistant?

Yes. The housing is made of corrosion-resistant cast aluminium with double powder coating and is therefore particularly weather-resistant. The no-rinse surface treatment ensures a reduced dirt deposit. ERCO projectors have an IP65 protection rating, which means they are dustproof and protected against jets of water from all directions.

What mounting accessories are available?

ERCO offers various accessories such as concrete anchors, cross-beams and ground spikes for installation. You will find the appropriate mounting accessories on the data sheet for each luminaire.

Can I request recessed projectors as special luminaires with a different colour or mounting solution?

We would be pleased to check your individual modification wishes. Please contact your ERCO lighting consultant. Exciting sample projects that we have implemented with special solutions can be found at: ERCO individual

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